Laurel Swift 

Musician, Composer, Dancer, Project Maker

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The Gloworms

The Gloworms play thumpy English music with metropolitan sophistication, swing and 100% commitment to dance rhythm. Laurel Swift, Jon Brenner and Colin Cotter create a layered texture of driving rhythms and counter-melodies on fiddle, accordion, banjo and stompbox. The result is a fresh, vibrant sound  - cool, subtle music with irresistible dance groove. They were featured on Imagined Village’s first album and their album Running Joak was a Mojo top 10 folk albums of 2007.

The Gloworms are a trio: Laurel Swift (fiddle), Jon Brenner (accordion) and Colin Cotter (banjo, stompbox).



Pilfering great tunes from the huge wealth of English dance material, this London based trio also write over 50% of their tunes, many of which have already crept into the session repertoire and been recorded by artists including Sam Sweeney and Mawkin.

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"Fabulous, simply fabulous" - Nick Walden


"Swings like a ******* ******" - Gordon Potts


"What a big and satisfying noise" - Ian Anderson, fRoots


"Rachel Unthank & the Winterset. Lisa Knapp. Tim Van Eyken. Bella Hardy. Mawkin. The Gloworms. These are a few of my favourite things. Inventive, passionate artists who completely understand the nature of their music."- Colin Irwin